The Sunday Currently

The Sunday Currently ¦ Vol. 12

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R E A D I N G

I’ve got a few books on the go at the moment. I’ve revisited Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert to try to get myself back in the writing mood!

W R I T I N G

I’ve bought myself a lovely new notebook to start documenting my ideas for blog posts as well as creative writing ideas. I’m also contemplating enrolling in a creative writing course in order to get the ball rolling for myself. I’m having a writers block at the moment in general; I’ll go to start writing something and then feel like it’s not good enough and totally scrap it!

 
L I S T E N I N G

This week I’ve been catching up with the rest of the world and listening to Harry Styles’ album on Spotify.

 

S M E L L I N G

Lavender Oil and my Yankee candle – Clean Cotton. I’ve had this candle all summer long and it’s going strong! I’m also wearing a vanilla scented body mist from Stradivarius  which is quite nice!

 

H O P I N G

I’m hoping that I will start to be more optimistic. I’ve been working hard on it but it’s still not feeling as natural as it used to.

W E A R I N G

Tracksuit pants and vest top! Plain and simple today!

 

L O V I N G

I bought a planner this week and I adore it! It’s an Irish company and it is so cute, as well as being a little badass! The company is called Leanún (pronounced: la-noon) and their planner has everything I need! It has a monthly spread in calendar form, followed by space for your goals and action plan, as well as weekly spreads too. I really love it! It was €35 and I think it was worth every cent! Check out their website here! 

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F E E L I N G

I’m a bit all over the place at the moment. I’m having days when I’m not feeling great, and days where things seem great. I’m doing lots of Yoga because I think it is great for the mind, as well as getting out for walks when the weather is good. I believe that exercising is so important for mental health, just to boost the happy hormones!

W A T C H I N G

I finished watching The Missing which was really good! This week I’ve started watching Top of the Lake, a new series on Netflix. I’ve also re-watched The Shining and Finding Nemo. I watched True Story last night which I didn’t think lived up to the hype but was good enough.

With love,

Cx

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The Sunday Currently

The Sunday Currently | Vol 11

[I apologise for this being a pictureless post]

R E A D I N G

I'm Currently reading The Tapping Solution by Nick Ortner as well as David and Goliath by Malcom Gladwell.

W R I T I N G

I've been writing very little lately. However I'm journaling more and am hoping to get into writing more fiction. It would be great to get myself started soon, perhaps buy a new notebook. Something I would really love to get is a MacBook because I think they look perfect for creative work such as blogging, video editing, and writing. However that will involve saving for a very long time but I feel that it really would be worth it. €100 a month for a year should do it!

L I S T E N I N G

Ive been listening to lots of happy music on Spotify, as well as relaxing instrumental music for reading. There is nothing nicer than reading with a beautiful soundtrack in the background!

S M E L L I N G

Pizza! Pepperoni pizza with jalapeño peppers and extra cheese! Not very healthy but after a late night at a friend's wedding it was a welcome treat!

H O P I N G

I'm genuinely hoping that the next three weeks go very very slowly. I cannot believe that the summer break is almost over and the anxiety that I feel at returning to work is very irritating to say the least. As an anxious person I am very aware that going back to work will be fine, however I am a worrier and am afraid of the stress of the year ahead.

W E A R I N G

I'm wearing yoga pants, a vest top and a Hollister hoody! I bought my first piece of Hollister clothing when I was in Canada and I had never seen what all the fuss was about but now I love them! It is the cosiest piece of clothing I own!

L O V I N G

I bought a Himalayan Rock Salt lamp recently and I am very much in love with it. It is a very soothing lamp that gives a very gentle and natural glow. There are many benefits to using a Himalayan Rock Salt lamp as they increase the number of negative ions in the air. They promote positive energy and wellbeing, as well as cleaning the air which can alleviate allergies to dust and pollen. It also boosts energy and aids sleep! Why would you not want to go and buy one of these?! Mine cost me €20 which is an absolute bargain!

F E E L I N G

I'm feeling very very tired! Yesterday we attended a close friends wedding and I didn't reach my bed until after 4am. I don't know about anyone else in their late 20s but I don't feel able for these late nights anymore 😂

 W A T C H I N G

I've started watching The Missing which is a 2014 Drama starring James Nesbitt and Frances O' Connor. The storyline consists of a family who's child is abducted on holiday and it explores the emotional turmoil that this has upon the parents. It really is a fantastic show and I'm amazed more people don't know of it. It may seem like a grim one to watch but I have always been interested in such events and have read a few factual books that discussed cases of missing people over the years.

I'm going to go and eat my pizza and relax for the rest of the evening! I hope you all have a lovely Sunday!

With love,

Cx

The Sunday Currently

The Sunday Currently ¦ vol. 10

Before I get started I do need to state that I am very aware that it is not Sunday, however, as I sat down to write this last night I switched the TV channel and ended up watching One Love Manchester, the benefit concert organised by Ariana Grande. Within seconds I knew that nothing I could write about mattered as much as what was going on in Manchester at that point in time and so I just turned off the laptop and cried. I cried for the entire show on and off. I was so touched and so heartbroken all at once. I don’t even know where to begin with how I’m feeling about the terrorist attacks at the moment but I’m not going to give that attention here as I want this to be a happy place today, because I need it to be!!! 

R E A D I N G

Today I started reading The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain. I’ve not read any of her books before and am looking forward to it. I’m expecting a mix of Jodi Picoult and Lesley Pearse! 

W R I T I N G

I have been journaling more. Now that work is finished for the summer I feel like I have more time to do the things that genuinely make me feel happy. I’m also writing my packing list for my upcoming trip to Alaska and I’m getting very excited about it!

I’m hoping that, now that I’m off, I’ll be able to blog more. I don’t now what content that will include and so if people have any preferences I’d love to hear them.

L I S T E N I N G

I’ve listened to a lot of old albums this week. I’ve listened to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Ed Sheeran and Michael Bublé. I’ve also been listening to a lot of oldies but goodies lately! I’ve included three favourites from my playlists below:

S M E L L I N G

I’m still smelling that beautiful Yankee Candle! I’ve also been burning some Lavender oils and used a really lovely citrus smelling Eco Cleaner earlier so the place is smelling really fresh!

H O P I N G

I’m hoping that the evil in the world is drowned out by love. I’m hoping that people can live their lives safely and peacefully. I’m hoping that we will be able to live in a world we feel safe in, and bring children into a world where there is no fear and hatred.

W E A R I N G

A t-shirt from a charity even and PJ bottoms! Nice and cozy for a bank holiday monday.

L O V I N G

I am on my summer holidays!!!!! I am so so happy with this!! And, as of from tomorrow I only have two weeks until I am reunited with Himself after a long 4 months of being apart!

F E E L I N G

I’m feeling very relaxed now that I’m off! I’m also feeling very full! There’s been lots of eating out and drinking involved in the end of the school-year; lots of over indulging. And so, as a result, I’m feeling like I really need to work off the excess in order to feel my best in two weeks time!

 W A T C H I N G

So I’ve started a Chick Flick Challenge which involved watching The Parent Trap and A Walk to Remember today.

 I’ve also been binge watching The Handmaid’s Tale and am completely hooked!!! It is so terrifying because it is so real. Based on Attwood’s novel of the same name, the impact can be felt because each of the acts that take place was never created from fiction. Each event, each act, was based upon events that have taken place around the world prior to Attwood’s penning of the novel. That is a terrifying concept because I feel that it makes it feel all the more real, all the more possible. If you haven’t been watching this show I urge you to look at it! Here are 6 reasons why you should watch The Handmaid’s Tale!

I hope you have a great week!

Cx

The Sunday Currently

The Sunday Currently | vol. 9

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R E A D I N G
I’ve finished reading Everything Everything! It was a very simple book and I found it very predictable, but it was also a very lovely, easy read.

I’ve moved on to Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern. I’ve never really been one to read a lot of books by Irish authors but after reading the Perfect series by Cecelia, I’ve decided to read more of her stuff! So far, so good! It’s a really interesting read!

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On a side note, I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on Into The Water by Paula Hawkins! I’ve heard it’s even better than The Girl On The Train and I’m dying to read this!!

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W R I T I N G

I’ve been writing my ass off and have finally finished my assignment and am over the moon! I couldn’t write or post on Sunday because I was at my friend’s Hen Party and was shattered afterwards! I’m so glad that I will hopefully never have to write academically again! 
L I S T E N I N G

I’ve been listening to my playlists on Spotify! Some happy playlists are always a good idea!

I’ve also been listening to Harry Styles and Stevie Knicks’ duet! I get that Harry is just a young ‘un but he has a very amazing voice!


S M E L L I N G

A really beautiful Yankee Candle I received as a gift from a student; Clean Cotton! One of my favourite smells ever!

H O P I N G

I’m really hoping that I can get through the next few weeks. It’s only three and a half weeks until I get to see Himself and it’s getting more and more difficult with every passing day. Being apart for so long is very hard and I just can’t wait for the countdown to be over.
W E A R I N G

His t-shirt and a tracksuit pants! Cozying it up on this chilled out Sunday evening!
L O V I N G

I am loving the fact that I have only one week of work left!!!! I am very excited about getting my Summer holidays and having three months to relax, rest, and recuperate! 
F E E L I N G

I’m going to be very honest and say that I am feeling very anxious. A lot of that is induced by alcohol consumption over the weekend but nevertheless it’s real. I’m also feeling very relaxed though. I’ve had a really lovely weekend away with one of my friends and am glad that I’ve had to weekend to wind down. I feel as though the anxiety I experienced last night is also a result of a few weeks of non-stop going, never stopping. I think my brain and body both needed time to switch off and I’m very glad that I got that this weekend. 

 W A T C H I N G
This weekend I’ve watched Mamma Mia, The Proposal, and Notting Hill. I’ve also started to watch The Keepers on Netflix and it is so interesting. If you haven’t started watching this I would highly recommend it. See the trailer below to see if it is something that you would be interested in. 

The Sunday Currently

The Sunday Currently #8

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R E A D I N G

This week I’ve finished reading Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey, and a review is scheduled to go live tomorrow morning!

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I have since moved onto a new book called Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I’m not too far into the book but it appears to be a very nice, sweet read. It’s about young Madeline who, due to an illness involving very serious allergies, is unable to leave her house.

She has, in the first few pages so this isn’t a spoiler, become attracted to the boy next door and I’m expecting that this book is going to be a YA novel about how love will always find a way. I may be proved wrong but we will just have to wait and see. Even though I feel like this may be a bit predictable, I’ve had a few laugh-out-loud moments and am really enjoying it so far! I’ve also just found out that it is being adapted into a movie and is due to be released on the 18th of August in Ireland! Don’t you just love when a book you’re reading is due to be a movie soon? It almost always means that the book is great!

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W R I T I N G

I’m currently writing the same assignment I was talking about last week. I’m 2/5 of the way through it thanks to a lot of time and effort put in over the weekend and I just cannot wait until it is finished. It is a heartbreaker!!

I also, when this bloody assignment is out of the way, want to work on a blog post schedule whereby I have regular posting days and can stick to that. For example, I always try to post a Sunday Currently blog post but would love to have that commitment to other days of the week too!

L I S T E N I N G

In the past two days I’ve been listening to a lot of instrumental, movie soundtrack type of music because that genre of music always helps me to focus. I also really like the song that won the Eurovision last night but think that the sister, the girl who wrote the song, sings it much better than the brother, the guy who performed the song! Have a listen below and see what you think! Is it just me or does she have a hint of Norah Jones about her voice?!

S M E L L I N G

This week its salt water, and fresh sea air! I’m at the west coast and I’m walking up to the beach every now and then to take breaks from my work! Nothing beats that smell!

H O P I N G

That this next 3/5 of the assignment will be a doddle! Then I will be celebrating being finally finished my Post Grad! (After already doing two Post Grads you’d swear I wasn’t educated enough!!!)

W E A R I N G

Currently in comfy gym gear! Nothing spectacular at all I’m afraid!

L O V I N G

I am loving the fact that I have a mobile home to escape to each weekend. I love getting away from the rat race, and away from the city; I am much calmer when I am surrounded by nature and am so grateful to have a place by the beach at my disposal! It’s a very special kind of anticipation, when you know that you have somewhere beautiful to go at the weekends; it makes the working week just that little bit more tolerable!

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F E E L I N G

I am feeling very excited! There are lots of fun things on the horizon for me and I cannot wait! Not only is the upcoming weekend the end of my Post Grad, it is also my friend’s Hen Party and I cannot wait! It’s so exciting when one of your friends is getting married and I love how there’s a big girls weekend away to celebrate! I won’t post any details here today about the plans because it’s all a big surprise but I am really looking forward to it!

As well as that I have a pretty epic holiday planned for the summer. I am going over to Himself in Alaska for two weeks and then we will be spending a few days in Vancouver – my favourite city in the world – before coming back to Ireland together! I was there two years ago with my friends and am so excited about going back!

The countdown is on – only 36 days until I am getting on a plane to see Himself after four and a half long ass months!!

 W A T C H I N G

I’ve not been watching anything this weekend except for the word count on my assignment! It feels something like this:

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I hope everyone has a wonderful week – make sure you plan something to look forward to! It makes all the difference!

Cx

The Sunday Currently

The Sunday Currently #7

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R E A D I N G

I’m still reading Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey. It’s a really good book! I’m 70% through it and am really enjoying it. I don’t have any idea where it is going though and I’m excited to find out how it will end! I’m hoping to finish the book either tonight or tomorrow and will post a review during the week!

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W R I T I N G

Another assignment is on the cards! But it is my last one! Yay! I’m not doing much writing apart from that! I’m considering writing an open letter to my anxiety because it has been a pain  in the ass lately. As with all mental health issues, exhaustion doesn’t help! And I have been seriously run down. To the point where I’ve just broken down in tears because I hadn’t the energy to do anything else! And so, as a consequence to my exhaustion, my anxiety has raised it’s ugly head and resurfaced. Perhaps it would be a nice idea to let it all out sometime soon…

L I S T E N I N G

I am loving, loving, loving Harry Styles and Niall Horan’s new music!! As a 28 year old I probably shouldn’t be too into them but I honestly don’t care! They make me feel good! Here are some of the songs that are making me smile lately:

S M E L L I N G

Lavender Oil (to calm me down) and freshly washed hair!

H O P I N G

To get my assignment over and done with and with as little stress as possible so my course will finally be completed!!!

 

W E A R I N G

I took part in Darkness Into Light this weekend for Pieta House. It’s a 5k walk to raise awareness around the issues of mental health, particularly depression and suicidal ideation. The walk takes place at 4.15am and as you walk the sun rises, symbolising that there is light after the darkness. It was a very powerful walk and one I am so glad to take part in. I’m currently wearing the t-shirt I received for the walk.

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L O V I N G

I am loving my new purchases. I’ve been trying to try out new make up instead of sticking to the brands I always use. I’ve branched out and bought some new items and I’m loving stepping out of my comfort zone! The Real Techniques sponge literally makes my make-up flawless. Such an amazing buy and it was only €7.99!

I’ve also invested in an electric toothbrush and it is unbelievable! I’m going to be getting braces soon enough (which terrifies me completely) so I’m trying to take extra good care of my teeth in the lead up to the big day….! I bought this Oral-B Pro 3000 and it’s so good! It has three settings; regular brushing, sensitive mode, and gum care. There is a light that goes off when you’re applying too much pressure on your teeth to prevent damage, and it also has a timer to let you know how long you should be spending on each quadrant of your mouth! I don’t think I could ever go back after investing in this!

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F E E L I N G

 

I suppose I’ve already said that I’ve not been the best. It’s been a really rough two weeks because I’ve been feeling burnt out and as a result my anxiety has been a pain in the ass! I went away for the night last night in an effort to clear my head and get back in a good place, and while it was amazing to escape, as soon as I came home something came up that triggered my anxiety again. I had been feeling amazing today; really relaxed and calm and able, and it was all shot to hell. So I’ve been sitting on my bed, focusing on this blog post and trying to come up with a pro-active plan to take care of myself in the week ahead.

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In an attempt to boost my mood I’ve put on 13 Going On 30. I was thinking of it as I drove home today because I was listening to some old music in the car. The scene where Jenna is dancing in her bedroom to old music came to mind and I knew I just had to watch it when I got home! It’s such a feel good, embrace life, kind of movie and that’s exactly what I need at the moment!

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If you have any tips or tricks to help me shake this funk please let me know! I would be very grateful!

Sending love,
C x

The Sunday Currently

The Sunday Currently #6

The Sunday Currently

R E A D I N G

I’m after starting to read Elizabeth is Missingby Emma Healey. I had started this book a few years ago but I had to put it down. My grandfather had Alzheimer’s Disease and his memory loss was causing him great distress. After reading a chapter or two I felt really uneasy as it captures the condition in a very powerful way. I had to put the book down but promised myself I would come back to it again. Luckily enough, it was chosen as this month’s book for my Book Club and I’m able to enjoy it a bit more now!

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W R I T I N G

I’ve been doing a lot of college work lately and have one more assignment left to do! However, I am trying to journal more and I’ve also decided to be more personal on this blog so I’m hoping that this blog will now be a space where I come to write some more… I’ve got an upcoming post which is a Get To Know Me type post, as well as one about feeling happy! I can’t wait for you all to read them and to see what you guys think!

L I S T E N I N G

I haven’t been listening to much if I’m honest. At the moment I can hear a football match on the TV downstairs and a pounding in my head – not feeling the greatest today; woke up feeling very unwell!

S M E L L I N G

I’ve been smelling Lavender oil that I’m burning in by bedroom. It makes me feel really calm and relaxed and I feel like all of the tension in my body releases when I smell it!

H O P I N G

That the next few weeks fly past so that work finishes for the summer and that I will be reunited with Himself soon! I honestly cannot wait!

Being in a Long Distance Relationship is one of the hardest things in the world. It’s very difficult to describe how it feels when there’s always something missing. Every time something amazing happens I want to celebrate with him but I can’t… and every time something awful happens and I need him to comfort me, he’s never there, physically that is. It’s something that I try really hard not to think too much about because I know that I would only get so extremely down if I allowed myself to dwell on it. However, it’s a means to an end and I know it will be worth it down the line.

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W E A R I N G

I’m wearing Harry Potter pyjama pants and a t-shirt belonging to Himself. I should really be up and dressed, but I’m feeling ill so I’m not budging for love nor money! Perhaps to go to the pharmacy… but that’s it!!

L O V I N G

I am loving the fact that it’s a Bank Holiday Weekend here in Ireland! No work tomorrow! Yay!

F E E L I N G

I’m not feeling the best today. Everything from my throat up is in pain! It was the strangest sensation to wake up to this morning as I felt like my head was separate to the rest of my body!

I’m also feeling very relieved. I’ve had to attend a family get-together with His family and I feel so pleased that I get on so well with them all. They are such lovely people and I’m very grateful for knowing that I will be a part of their family some day.

W A T C H I N G

Yesterday I watched A Dog’s Purpose and Bad Moms. Two very different movies but I really enjoyed them both!

I didn’t know whether or not to watch A Dog’s Purpose as I had heard quite a bit about animal cruelty etc but I figured that they’d never have been allowed to do that… surely? The movie deviates a bit from the book (review here) but it was a lovely, feel good movie. It made me appreciate my little dog so much and I just love how he’s like my little shadow around the house each day!

Bad Moms was a Laugh-Out-Loud comedy starring Mila Kunis where she decides to stop being everything to everyone and enjoy her life. It was hilarious and I found myself in stitches at many different points throughout. It also made me think about the pressures of motherhood and how moms generally tend to turn into this service machine where they are at everyone’s beck and call. The movie highlighted the importance of allowing yourself to make mistakes and allowing yourself to be happy by doing the things that you want to do. It showed me that there’s more to life than trying to be the perfect mom/girlfriend/whatever, and that it’s totally ok to be your own person and do what’s right for you. Highly recommend this one!

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I hope you have a great week. As always, I would love to hear from you so feel free to get in touch!

Much love,
C x